Strategies for Safe Opioid Use in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis

safe opioid use in the midst of the opioid crisis

Managing pain and dyspnea for people with life limiting illnesses requires safe opioid use. Opioid misuse can be minimized by using risk assessment tools, contracts for opioid use, and following guidelines for safe storage and disposal. The following are examples of tools you might see or use in your facility.

Risk Assessment Tools

When a pain or dyspnea assessment indicates the need for opioids for symptom management, a risk assessment tool can be used to help to identify those people who are more likely to be struggling with addition issues. Identifying these people before beginning opioids can help the health care team safely manage their opioid use.Full Post:   Read More

Kath’s Conference Highlights – CHPCA 2017

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Conference 
The Canadian Conference followed immediately after the International conference. Jeanne Weis, (CLPNA), Stephanie Buchanan and I delivered our presentation titled,  “From Competencies to Curriculum, Classroom and the Clinical Setting”. It was right near the end of the conference, and I was so grateful to Cheri Purpur, Rose DeAngelais, Carol Banks and others who stayed for this session. We missed Andrea Leatherdale who helped prepare the presentation but was unable to attend.Full Post:   Read More

Conference Highlights – CSU on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research; California HPCA

At the end of September, I travelled to California for the
California State University 2nd Annual National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education & Research
At this conference I was delighted to co-present with Olga Ehrlich and Raeann Leblanc, on on integrating palliative care in core curriculum in the presentation title “Palliative and End of Life Nursing Education P4 Model.”

It was interesting to have participants take the AACN Competencies addressing hospice and palliative care for undergraduate nurses, and identify where in the nursing program the competencies could be addressed, and what resources could be used to help prepare students to meet the competencies. If you haven’t had the opportunity to reasd these competencies yet, take a moment to breeze through them. They speak of the firm desire to provide excellent hospice and palliative care, from diagnosis to death, and into bereavement.Full Post:   Read More

Kath’s Conference Highlights – the Public Health Palliative Care International Conference

Public Health Palliative Care International Conference  (PHPCI)
This. Is. An. Amazing. Conference. For meeting like-minded health care professionals from around the globe.

I was interested in several presentations  where the focus was on politics and policy, and the advocating that can happen at a high level to help support, stimulate, and inspire action from the ground up. This was one way of contributing to community palliative care.

I was fortunate to talk with interesting conference attendees from Mexico, New Zealand, Rwanda, Great Britain, China and Japan, who shared a common interest of furthering a public health approach to palliative care. I was fortunate to interview #sickboypodcast host Jeremy, who spoke about living with cystic fibrosis and the work he is doing to bring together people living with serious illness by talking about it.Full Post:   Read More